The October Sizzling Book Club Pick: The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion

Book Data Modeling Essentials It's time to announce the October pick, and if you've been listening to the podcast, you're probably not surprised by this one at ALL.

The October pick is by Graeme Simsion and it's…. Data Modeling Essentials!

From the description:

Data Modeling Essentials, Third Edition provides expert tutelage for data modelers, business analysts and systems designers at all levels. Beginning with the basics, this book provides a thorough grounding in theory before guiding the reader through the various stages of applied data modeling and database design.

Later chapters address advanced subjects, including business rules, data warehousing, enterprise-wide modeling and data management.

This is going to be a fantastic book chat! I can't wait to discuss theory and modeling!




Book The Rosie Project I'm kidding. But the book is by Graeme Simsion: The Rosie Project, an international bestseller, now available in the US.

Here is the description (for reals):


MEET DON TILLMAN, a brilliant yet socially challenged professor of genetics, who’s decided it’s time he found a wife. And so, in the orderly, evidence-based manner with which Don approaches all things, he designs the Wife Project to find his perfect partner: a sixteen-page, scientifically valid survey to filter out the drinkers, the smokers, the late arrivers.

Rosie Jarman is all these things. She also is strangely beguiling, fiery, and intelligent. And while Don quickly disqualifies her as a candidate for the Wife Project, as a DNA expert Don is particularly suited to help Rosie on her own quest: identifying her biological father. When an unlikely relationship develops as they collaborate on the Father Project, Don is forced to confront the spontaneous whirlwind that is Rosie—and the realization that, despite your best scientific efforts, you don’t find love, it finds you.


I reviewed it when it released in the US, and gave it an A (which is increasingly rare for me):

Short review: this book is adorable, it will make you smile and think, and you should read it if you like charming, funny, touching stories.

As always, All Romance eBooks is offering the 50% eBook Buck rebate if you use code SBTBARE at checkout. The rebate is good from October 10-24, 2013. The after-rebate price is spiffy, too! Only $6.00 after eBook Bucks rebate! 

As soon as I have a chat date set, I'll let you know. I'm hoping Dr. Simsion can join us for the book club chat – that would be most fun!

Also, and this is most important, I apologize for the delay in announcing this month's pick. There was some sort of stubborn data snafu, and I really need to thank the fine folks at Simon & Schuster and at AllRomance for helping us get access to this month's pick. Thank you, thank you! 

Oh, I am so excited. I really enjoyed this book – I read it in one sitting, like so many others, because I kept wanting to know what would happen next, on the next page, and the page after that. It's a fascinating story told from the hero's point of view, and I can't wait to hear what you think of it.


General Bitching...

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    Lynnd says:

    Hi Sarah:

    Do you know if S & S and ARE will remove the geo-restrictions on this one or is it only available at ARE for US residents?

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    I am so ridiculously in love with this book.

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    LaineyT says:

    The bad new is I’m still 130 of 206 on the hold list at my library…the good news is they have 73 copies so with a little luck I will be able to get a hold of my copy with enough time to read this before the book chat.  Let’s hope there are some fast readers out there! O.o

  4. 4

    I’m picking up my copy from the library today.

  5. 5
    Jennifer says:

    I can recommend listening to the audiobook – provided you don’t mind the strange looks from fellow commuters as you laugh out loud while listening on the train

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    DonnaMarie says:

    @LaineyT the good news is I’m #2 on the hold list at my library, the bad news is they didn’t actually order the book until October 7. And they ordered one copy. Want to bet on who gets it first?

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    Graeme Simsion says:

    Thanks for the kind words Sarah. I had an audience member at my talk tonight in Chicago who showed up because of your recommendation. For “foreign” readers, the Australian version of the book is available at with free shipping – but if you’re in the USA, Simon and Schuster is your best bet. Enjoy.

  8. 8

    My husband took this book on a trip with him. He read it in one sitting as well, and then carried it to a high-powered meeting of doctors and hospital administration people so that they would get a copy for themselves. That’s how much he enjoyed this story. Now, if he would only get back home so I could read what I bought for myself!

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    SB Sarah says:

    @Graeme: That’s awesome! I hope she liked the talk – and that you’re enjoying your visit to the US!

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    SB Sarah says:

    @Lynnd – you should be able to buy it locally, as we were the last to get the book here in the US. Please email me if you have trouble finding a copy? sarahATsmartbitchestrashybooksDOTcom

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    LaineyT says:

    @DonnaMarie …LOL I wish I felt confident enough to jump on that bet but 129 people are a LOT to get through.  Too bad I couldn’t submit some kind a plea of dire circumstances to jump the line somehow (yes, yes…I realize I’m not looking for a new kidney LOL).  Worse comes to worst I will probably take advantage of the promo to buy the book.  From all of the rave reviews it sounds like it would be worth it.  Good luck!

    PS…Just checked my status and have moved up eleven spots in one day and am now 118 of 199!  Still probably too slow to make the chat deadline but with this being Canadian Thanksgiving weekend the rate of advancement could increase (the theory being that people will have more time to read & return their copies when they’re not bogged down with stuff like work/school).  Colour me optimistic! ;)

  12. 12

    Oh awesome. The chats tend to fall right during my commutes so I don’t know if I’ll be able to make it, but I’d love to if I can. I QUITE liked the podcast discussion on this novel and I DO want to read it. :)

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    Ken Houghton says:

    “This is going to be a fantastic book chat! I can’t wait to discuss theory and modeling!”

    Oh, drats.  For a brief, shining moment I thought the discussion would be something I could claim I had to read for work.

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